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Easley child dies in accidental shooting

By Jason Evans Staff Reporter jevans@thepccourier.com PICKENS — An 11-year-old Dacusville Middle School student died Saturday after being accidentally shot More »

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Inmates moved in at new county jail By Jason Evans Staff Reporter jevans@thepccourier.com PICKENS — After months of preparations and More »

Groundbreaking held for ‘Cherished Hearts’ project

PICKENS — A groundbreaking ceremony was held recently at Pickens Presbyterian Church. Church members and members of the community attended More »

SCRPA names Anthony State Merit Award winner

PICKENS — Pickens Recreation Department director Cheri Anthony was recently named the winner of the South Carolina Recreation and Parks More »

Pickens’ Olivia Dow signs to play volleyball at Lander

PICKENS — Pickens High School right-side hitter Olivia Dow signed a letter of intent with Lander University on Friday, Nov. More »

Nailbiter goes Lions’ way with late goal line stand

By Bru Nimmons Staff Reporter bnimmons@thepccourier.com CENTRAL — As the clock wound down on Friday night, the Daniel Lions were More »

 

Easley child dies in accidental shooting

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

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PICKENS — An 11-year-old Dacusville Middle School student died Saturday after being accidentally shot by her father, authorities said.

Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley identified the victim as Kylee Dawn Woods, of Turning Leaf Lane in Easley.

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting, which occurred at 587 Shady Grove Road in Pickens,

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Perry set to make history as county’s first black mayor

Whether fair or not, Pickens County is viewed by many outsiders as a place with more Confederate flags per capita than anywhere else in the country.

There’s no question that politically it’s the reddest of red counties in one of the reddest states. And demographically, it’s the whitest county in the whitest corner of the state.

So it may have come as a surprise to some when voters of the city of Pickens elected Fletcher Perry, the county’s first black mayor, in the Nov. 5 elections.

The historical significance of that is not lost on Perry, who will be sworn in as the

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Inmates moved in at new county jail

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

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PICKENS — After months of preparations and minor delays, the new Pickens County Detention Center is now open.

Sheriff Rick Clark said inmates were transferred to the new facility on Wednesday, Nov. 13, and the detention center opened the next day.

“We moved about 300-something people here … in one day, without incident,” he said.

Clark, other county officials and Moseley Architects justice sector leader Dan Mace held a press availability Friday afternoon at the facility.

“This is a day we’ve been waiting on for several years,” he said.

Building a new jail was Clark’s first goal when he took

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Seminar discusses suicide prevention

The National Suicide

Prevention Hotline is available 24 hours a day by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or texting TALK to 741741.

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

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EASLEY — Experts in mental health and suicide prevention recently shared tips to help save lives and ways to support those who have lost loved ones to suicide.

Robinson Funeral Home sponsored the “Grief After Suicide” seminar, held Thursday morning at South & West in Easley.

“It’s an extremely difficult topic when you’re trying to comfort others in the wake of a suicide,” Robinson Funeral Home owner Chris Robinson said. “The words seem inadequate and so tough when we’re trying to help a family that’s grieving after a suicide.”

The seminar grew out of a seminar on children and funerals,

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County council honors Stone

By Jason Evans

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PICKENS — Last month, former Pickens County Sheriff C. David Stone was inducted into the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Columbia.

During last week’s Pickens County Council meeting, Stone was recognized for that honor and commended for a lifetime of service.

County council unanimously passed a resolution congratulating Stone on his induction.

Council chairman Roy Costner read the resolution aloud.

The resolution said Stone served as Pickens County Sheriff for 44 years until

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PARD grant to help rec

PARD grant to help rec

The city of Pickens received a PARD Grant from the S.C. Department of Parks and Recreation with the support and help of State Rep. Davey Hiott. The grant award was for $75,000, and the funding will allow the city to continue the revitalization efforts at historic Bruce Field. It is the city’s goal to revamp the iconic field into its main recreation football and soccer fields and allow area kids to play football and sports on the same field that their parents and grandparents played on. The city of Pickens is in the process of adding a complete asphalt walking track around the field for exercising, as well as a new paint job and sound and electrical upgrades to the facility. Officials plan to make it look close to the same as it did in its heyday. Pictured are Pickens city administrator David Poulson, Hiott, Pickens Mayor David Owens and State Sen. Rex Rice.

 

Groundbreaking held for ‘Cherished Hearts’ project

PICKENS — A groundbreaking ceremony was held recently at Pickens Presbyterian Church.

Church members and members of the community attended the dedication for “Cherished Hearts Through the Years,” a project that will renovate the church’s playground, located at the Presbyterian Church Child Development Center, as well as the church’s cemetery.

“Forty years ago, Pickens Presbyterian Church distinguished itself to serve the community in which God had placed

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Smashers Week

Smashers Week

During the Nov. 12 Six Mile Town Council meeting, council voted to pass a resolution in recognition of the Six Mile Smashers, the 8-and-under coach pitch champions of the fall Tri-County League end-of-season 8U baseball tournament. As part of the proclamation, the week of Nov. 18 was recognized as Six Mile Smashers Week in Six Mile. Pictured above, back row from left, are Six Mile Mayor Roy Stoddard and council members James Atkinson and Karen Bedenbaugh, along with Smasher coaches Rusty Elrod, Joe Atcheson, Jake Stone, Chaz Paxton, Joey Pilgrim and Andrew Whitten. In the middle row are Carter Atcheson, David Whitten, Robert Irvine, Brayden Hunter, Brice Proffitt, Seth Elrod, Judson Stone and Jacob Nabors. Seated are Jacob Woodall, Kellan Trainer, Carter Paxton, Luke Pilgrim, Zeke Arnold and Seth Pilgrim.

 

Playing for state title 

Playing for state title

A team of girls from Pickens won the 2019 SCAP Western District 14U volleyball championship on Saturday at the Pickens Recreation Center. They will now play for the state title this Saturday, Nov. 23, at 1 p.m. at the Simpsonville Activity and Senior Center at 310 W. Curtis St. in Simpsonville.  Pictured, front row from left, are Grayson Darnell, Kaylyn Watson, Caroline Lyda, Emma Clardy and Amber Morris. In back are coach JoAnna Kindhart, Hannah Hall, Amanda Whitehead, Holly Lee, Naomi Bridges, Laken Gravely, Devyne Varney, Ellen Clardy and assistant coach Celia Bridges.

 

What a season 

What a season

The 2019 Pickens Recreation 11-and-12 football team finished the regular season with a 9-1-1 record. Their only loss came to Wren in the championship game of the Palmetto Tournament. SCAP all-stars began last Tuesday night, with a 36-0 blowout win over Abbeville. With the win, Pickens became the SCAP Western District 11-and-12 football Division 2 champions. The team will now play the winner of Chester vs. Fort Mill in the Upper State Championship on Dec. 7 at Chester High School. Pictured, standing from left, are assistant coach Jeff Roper, Bradley Roe, Levi Woods, Ranson Phillips, Kendall Jackson, Jack Hodges, assistant coach Keith Scoggins, Cale Chapman, Tristan Gillis, Connor Thomas, Mylo Fielder and Tim Fuller. Kneeling are Michael Willimon, David Bolding, Myles Roper, Caleb Powell, Isaac Fuller, J.J. Sowell, Cayden Thacker and Cade Chapman. In front are head coach Kevin Sowell and assistant coach Pat Jackson.

 


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